The aftermath

Good morning Streakers!

It’s a great day for streaking! (The fitness kind, not the naked kind.). I hope you kept a streak going today or maybe decided to start one. I find my fitness streaks to be the most effective way for me to maintain my physical fitness. Even though I do generally the same exercises everyday, I create variations within the exercise itself. For example, some days I run farther than the minimum distance, or I add more push-ups to my burpees instead of just one. These variations push cardio vascular system and my muscles while keeping my streak alive!

Post-performance let down.

Yesterday, we performed a play for which I wrote songs and acted as the musical director for the final time. I wrote the songs in December of 2017 and we began a long and drawn out rehearsal schedule, 13 weeks! While rehearsing was tedious, in the end, we created a great show and the audiences loved it! The problem with all of this is that I feel a dramatic and depressing post-performance let down. My schedule/routine changes for the foreseeable future. Instead of going to rehearsal and working with others to reach a common goal. I’ll be at home trying to write out the next play or songs or, alternatively], letting my mind run wild with possible depressing thoughts.

I find this happens when I accomplish a fitness goal as well, like running a marathon or other distance races. In the B.S. era, I would dramatically alter my exercise schedule. Most commonly, the ‘alteration’ would be no exercise at all. Now that I am in year 1 A.S., I haven’t entered any races or other fitness events. I will enter at least one this year and after that I will run the next day and do my burpees. I have backpacked into and out of (thankfully) the Grand Canyon while maintaining my running streak. The day we hiked down, I got up earlier than my other hikers and ran a mile. The following day, after we hiked out of the canyon, I took off my pack, put on my running shoes and ran a mile. The next day, I ran a mile or more. (I can’t remember the exact distance for that day.) The point is, I kept my streak alive even after accomplishing an amazing feat, at least amazing in my eyes.

Anyway, I have to wrap this up and get to work. I hope you have a great day and happy streaking!

Ken

Neighbors, dogs, and morning runs – 2

Good morning Streakers!

I have good news!  I kept my running streak and burpee streak alive today and that is awesome!  The good news, though, is that I saw my neighbor with the three dogs on a leash this morning!  I was glad he decided to follow the rules of my city.  I am also glad the citizens of my city mutually agreed upon these rules in a non-violent, democratic fashion and instituted mechanism to handle these kinds of situations without resorting to violence.  I hope he continues to follow the rules with regard to his dogs.  I also would like to say that I would not have said a word or made any complaint, if his dogs stayed on their side of the street and left me alone.  Unfortunately, they attacked me and I had to take action.

Irrational thoughts and overcoming fear.

Since the latest incident with my neighbor, I began to feel some fear of going out for my run.  I live in a state where a lot of people have guns and I began to wonder “what if this guy gets a gun and shoots me while I am running?”  This happened again this morning but I managed to overcome this irrational fear partly through the power of habit.  A few years back, I read a great book called “The Power of Habit” by ?????? and this book truly opened my eyes to how powerful a habit can be with regard to my behavior.  I knew I developed some very bad habits but I did not know how difficult it would be to stop those bad behaviors due to their power over me. I highly recommend this book.

About the same time, I heard the NPR story on the fitness streaker who, at that time, had a running streak of 9 and a half years and he was going to continue his streak.  Through these combined experiences and by talking with friends about my habits, I learned that I needed to replace my old habits with new ones.  Thus the idea of fitness streaking entered my brain. This morning, mostly through the power of habit and maintaining my fitness streaks, I got up out of bed and started my day with burpees and a 1.6 mile run.  I kept my streak alive and feel good about that.

The idea of doing other things on a regular basis also helps me replace bad habits with new ones in other areas as well.  Writing this blog is one such effort.  Normally at this time of day, I would needlessly worry about things which are out of my control.  Instead, I am writing this blog and clearing my mind in the process.  I am not all that concerned if someone else reads it but I am glad others seem find this information useful.

That’s all I have for today.  Happy streaking!

Ken

My fitness streaks:

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

The exhausting aspect of rumination

Good morning Streakers!

It’s another wonderful day and I hope you keep your streak alive today!  I know I did.  However, I had a bit of an online altercation with a co-worker and I’ve been ruminating on it for a while now.  What’s ruminating?  Well, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), ruminating is mulling an issue over and over again.  The becomes a problem when someone can’t seem to resolve the issue nor let it go.  Ruminating to a high degree can impair decision making and affect mood.  Many people believe, there is a strong connection between rumination and depression.

Steps to address rumination

One of the steps the APA is take small steps to resolve the issue.  So I am going to have to figure out what I am willing to do and when I am willing to do it.  For example, I could put my ego aside and apologize to my co-worker.  (In this case, I am not going to do that; I can be stubborn and egotistical just like any other human.)  Another step, is to reappraise the negative perceptions of the event.  I can do this.  I can re-think what happened and chock it up to a misunderstanding between co-workers.  (This sounds more like a plan for me in this circumstance.)  Another step is to look for multiple sources of self-esteem.  Fortunately, I’m a fitness streaker so one of the other areas I get self-esteem from is by keeping my streaks alive.  Each day I add to my fitness streak by running at least one-mile a day and do at least 14 burpees, I get a stronger sense of accomplishment.  Also, today at work, I was very busy and presented valuable information to colleagues.  This helped keep my mind off of the issue.  Finally, writing this blog helped.  I appreciate you reading it.

The next step for me is to keep listening to classical music and read my book.  Meanwhile, all this ruminating and writing and streaking wears me out!  I’m exhausted and it’s the middle of the day.  I’ll have to get some rest tonight! That’s all I today, I hope this information helped and happy streaking!

Ken

p.s. Here’s a link to the APA article entitled “Probing the Rumination-Depression Link” http://www.apa.org/monitor/nov05/cycle.aspx

My Streaks!

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

Neighbors, dogs, and morning runs

Good morning Streakers!

I hope you keep you streak(s) alive today.  I know I did.  Unfortunately, so did my neighbor.  I don’t how long his streak is running but I know what his streak is: walking his dogs without a leash, through a neighborhood in a city with a leash law.  This would not be a problem for me if his dogs stayed away from me but the don’t.  When they see me, the little one runs across a very wide street to attack me and the whole pack follows, including my neighbor.  In the past, this would result in a verbal altercation, but I bought a can of mace a while back and I sprayed those dogs with it.  I did not want to and I got no pleasure from it but I determined that was the best way, for now, to get those dogs to stop chasing me.  It worked!  They stopped running after me.  When I got home, I called the police and filed a report.  I hope this solves the issue.

Fear.

I realized the other day that I did not finish my six-part series from lifehack.org on motivations.  I left out one big motivator: fear.  Well, this morning, when my neighbor and his dogs started chasing me, I remembered fear. Fear is a powerful motivator.  I noticed I run much faster whenever these dogs chase me and especially if I get into an argument with my neighbor.  Obviously, fear which results in anger, gets my adrenaline pumping and I shave a minute or two off my standard time.  That shows me the power of that immediate fear to get me out of my comfort zone and run faster than I normally would have.

Fear of a more long-term nature can be a powerful motivator as well.  I live in an area with many retired people.  Some of them are not in the best of health.  I do not know their life circumstances but I know mine.  As of today, I know that for me, fitness streaking will reduce my chances of getting life-threatening, long-term, debilitating illnesses.  I can’t predict the future but I can’t safely predict that if I keep my streaks alive, my day will be a better day.

Well, I hope this helps you and if you want to get some moral support on your fitness streak, just put a comment in the comments section and we’ll track our streaks together.

I wish you all the best and happy streaking!

Ken

My fitness streaks:

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

Streaking and nosebleeds

Good morning Streakers!

I hope you started a streak and keep it alive today! Lola feeling the streaking vibe too! She has a lifelong streak of keeping it chill and chasing her booda ball. My streaks are alive and well. In fact, for this morning I did two extra burpees to push myself just touch. I want to highlight that for those of you who might be concerned about setting your sights too high. That’s a legitimate concern. What I do is set a minimum, a low, low bar, that I feel I can do comfortably and confidently for the stated period of time, also a low, low bar. For my burpee streak, I set 14 burpees a day for 60 days. Some days I feel like I can do more than 14 burpees, so I do. Some days, I stop and number 14 and thank God I got through them. So set a low bar at first, then for your next streak, raise the bar. When I do this, I start to feel better about myself and get a sense of accomplishment.

Nosebleeds

Since I was born, I had a problem with random nose bleeds. This problem created some good times for me as you can imagine. Once while in elementary school, my nose starting bleeding while I was chatting with my friends in the lunch line. Blood just starting pouring out of my nose. Very cool! The chicks dug it! Ha ha. Another time, I was in La Paz, Bolivia, and my nose started bleeding. The team doctor had a quite a sense of humor, and rigged up two tongue depressors and a rubber band with some gauze and put this on my nose. I looked ridiculous and best of all, this contraption of his did not work. Today, as I ran my standard loop, my nose started bleeding. In the B.S. years (Before Streaking), I probably would have run straight home and stop the bleeding but I hadn’t run my streak distance yet so I pressed on. Blood poured out of my nose like water of Niagra and when I would exhale, my breath splattered blood all over the front of my shirt. It looked like I killed someone and was running from the scene of the crime. I finished my distance however, stopped the nose bleed, and moved on to my burpees. I put a towel down over the rug in case my nose started to bleed again, fortunately it did not and life is good today.

How to stop a nose bleed

Once, while at work, my nose started to bleed and a co-worker, a former paramedic, told me to wad up some toilet paper and put it under my top lip. This would put pressure on the blood vessels that supply the nose and allow the blood to coagulate. This technique looks far less ridiculous than the tongue depressor-rubber band technique and it works. That’s how I stop my nosebleeds these days.

I hope this helps someone out there. Enjoy the rest of your day and happy streaking!

Ken

Some days are better than others

Good morning Streakers!

Today is another great day to keep your streak alive, or start one, or even add another streak to the one(s) you’ve got going on. If you want to get some moral encouragement or even just get some recognition for your streak, put a comment in the comments section below and we’ll cheer you on as we streak together.

Those tough mornings.

A few days ago, I started to feel a cold coming on and so I have been taking some cold medication to fight it off.  Unfortunately, that makes waking up in the morning a little rough.  In the B.S. era (That’s Before Streaking), I would not respond well to these kinds of mornings.  I would either not run or exercise at all or I would delay and fight my brain, which kept telling me to “stay in bed”, “call-in sick”, and most often, “don’t even try”.  I would ruminate on this until it was too late to start my run and had to go to work.  Then at the end of the day, I would be too tired – or so I told myself – to go run.  I recognize these thoughts and behaviors as signs of depression so I started treating them by streaking!  Fitness streaking, that is.

Now that I am in year 1 A.S. (I’ll let you figure that acronym out.) I still have tough mornings but I use a variety of techniques to motivate myself to go for my run.  The biggest help for me is to not worry about time or other exercises to include in my workout; I simply focus on keeping my streak alive.  Often, after I do my run and, these days, my burpees, I feel good enough to do more exercise.  Other times, I don’t and I don’t worry about it.  Today was one of those days that I did not feel like doing more exercise and I am not worried about it.  I kept my streak alive and that is what is important for today!

I hope you all have an awesome day and happy streaking!

Ken

My Streaks!

Run at least one mile, each day, started 30 March 2017, ad infinitum. 🙂

Do at least 14 burpees each day, started 10 May 18, for at least 60-days

Streaking and Tracking

Good morning Streakers!
Today is a great day to start a fitness streak, if you haven’t started one already that is. I have two working right now. For more than a year now, I managed to run at least one mile a day, each day and for the past three days I completed at least 14 burpees each day. My official streak start date for the mile run is 30 March 2017 and my official start date for the burpees streak is 10 May 2018. For me, it’s important to keep these dates in my head otherwise, I’ll lose track which leads me to my next topic:

Tracking my streaks.

As I looked back and examined why I failed at previous attempts to run a mile each day for 365 days, I realized my tracking system had a major flaw: I could not see it.  Hear me out.  I tracked my runs in my journal and while I generally do not journal consistently, I recorded each day’s run in my journal for those several months. But I definitely felt my interest in keeping the streak alive fade away.  I also would not pay much attention to whether I ran that day or not and a few times, just before bed, I realized I had not run that day and went for my run late a night.  That is not the ideal time for me to run.

When I started my current running streak, I decided I would record it in a more visible place.  Now, I have to veer from the subject matter for moment.  I have an awesome family!  We have out trials and tribulations but for the most part, everyone is supportive and loves each other.  So shout out to awesome families.  My oldest sister makes a family calendar every year with our birthdays and anniversaries, etc.  She uses Shutterfly so if you’re looking to do something like that for your family, I recommend them.  Now, I;ll get back to tracking my streaks.

I now record my runs and burpees on this calendar and I use a Sharpie.  I started with a regular pen but the Sharpie really pops off the page.  Now, I can see clearly whether or not I have run that day and get running if I haven’t.  Sometimes I forget to record the run immediately. When this happens, I look at my watch for my time and if it’s different from the previous day’s time, I know I ran and I am good for the day.  If it’s the same, it’s time to lace up ‘ye olde running shew’ and hit the streets.

Thank you for reading this.  I hope you have a great day.

Happy streaking!

Ken